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What is Research Mentoring? 

Mentorship is a professional, working alliance in which individuals work together over time to support the personal and professional growth, development, and success of the relational partners through the provision of career and psychosocial support (NASEM Report “The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM").


Why is is Important?

At its best, mentoring can be a life-altering relationship that inspires mutual growth, learning, and development. Its effects can be remarkable, profound, and enduring; mentoring relationships have the capacity to transform individuals, groups, organizations, and communities (Ragins and Kram, 2007).

Research mentoring can provide mentees with the following:

  • Enhanced science identity, sense of belonging and self-efficacy (Palepuetal, 1998; Garman et al, 2001; Paglis et al, 2006; Lopatto, 2007; Bland et al, 2009; Feldmanet al, 2010;Cho et al, 2011;Chemers et al,2011;Thiry and Laursen, 2011;Byars-Winston et al, 2015)
  • Persistence (Gloria et al, 2001; Solorzano 1993; McGee and Keller, 2007; Sambunjak et al, 2010; Williams et al, 2015; Bordes-Edgar et al, 2011; Campbell andCampbell, 1997)
  • Research productivity (SteinerandLanphear,2002;2007;Wingardetal,2004)
  • Higher career satisfaction (Schapiraetal,1992;Beechetal,2013)
  • Enhanced recruitment of minoritized students and faculty(Hathawayetal,2002;Nagdaetal,1998)